January 17th, 2018

[podcast] Getting Real About Family Prayer with Alicia Hernon #103

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Do you struggle to find a rhythm with family prayer? Do you have kids who rebel against it, or a reluctant spouse? Or do you find it a challenge to motivate yourself to pray somedays? Fear not! This week’s guest, Alicia Hernon, mom of 10 and co-host of the Messy Parenting podcast, is here to offer encouragement! I just loved talking with Alicia — she has so much practical wisdom to share with Catholic families of all kinds and sizes. I know you are going to love her too!

After you listen, be sure to let me know what you think. Share your ideas, what works for you, or what you struggle with. We can sue your feedback on a future show.

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January 9th, 2018

[podcast] Getting Over Those Post-Holiday Blues #102

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Are you feeling just a little blue now that the holidays are over? Are you struggling to fall back into your everyday routines? Well, this week we are sharing some ideas for ways to overcome those blues or blah’s, or whatever you want to call them …

1) Relish the everyday.
See the value and comfort you find in everyday routines. Enjoy the gift of ordinary time and those regular habits and routes that bring us on fort and joy.

2) Bring in light & color.
Use candles! Use lights! Add bright colors to your wardrobe or your home. These easy ways of adding cheerfulness to our days can make a big difference in how we feel.

3) Look for ways to be cozy.
Use blankets, warm socks, sweaters, and fireplaces to make yourself and your family feel all cozy and warm this winter. Check out the concept of “hygge” and look for ways to add it to your home and your life!

4) Get the sleep you need.
Lack of sleep can lead to stress, weight gain, and depression. Get the rest you need this winter, and recognize that it’s OK to sleep a little more when the days are cold and dark. Go to bed early and you’ll make a big difference in how you feel the next day!

5) Make a plan.
Look to the future with joy and anticipation. Plan a trip, a new work or project, a party, a date, or even just a craft activity with your kids. Give yourself something fun to look forward to!

This week we share feedback from listeners Nina, Natalie, and David. Next week, I would love to hear from you! Share your thoughts and ideas on this episode or others.

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December 19th, 2017

[podcast] 3 Things to Do This Christmas #101

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Are you ready for Christmas? Don’t worry, me neither.

This week I share 3 simple things I think everyone should take time to do this Christmas season.

1) Hold Baby Jesus
Spend some time “holding” Baby Jesus in your heart, reflecting on the meaning behind him coming to us a small, vulnerable baby.

2) Skip something.
It’s OK to say no to something, even if it is something you “always” do. Give yourself permission to give up traditions and obligations that are not serving your nd your family this year.

3) Go on a date.
Spend some quiet, uninterrupted, one-on-one time with someone who is important to you.

I will not be recording the podcast for the next two weeks, as I take time to spend the holidays with my family. I will be back with new episodes in 2018.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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December 12th, 2017

[podcast] How to Enjoy Right Now #100

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This week we are talking about the joy and peace there is to be found in being fully present in RIGHT NOW. Mindfulness is kind of a buzz word these days, but what does it really mean? How can we practice being focused on the present moment when there is so much about the past that haunts us and so much about the future that causes us to worry?

Well, Jesus reminded us, “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.” (Matthew 6:34)

How can we do that, though? It’s so hard sometimes. share these three thoughts that can help:

1) STOP.
Build breaks into your day and give yourself moments where you can just BE and know that it is enough.

2) Pay attention to your thoughts.
Get in the habit of noticing when your thoughts leave the present moment and train yourself to keep reigning them back in.

3) Pay attention to noise.
What kind of “noise” do you allow in your life on a regular basis? TV, radio, social media, stress from news? Look for ways to insert more quiet and limit those kinds of “noise” that you have control of.

4) Redirect your thoughts.
Get in the habit of noticing when you think too much about the past or the future, and practice focusing on the present, even inside of your spiritual life and what you pray for.

5) Look for examples.
Do you know someone who is good at living in the moment? A friend or a child or a pet? Watch and learn!

We also heard lots of feedback and compassion for Kristen who shared about her miscarriage in last week’s episode. Maria even shared this photo of a certificate she received at her parish after having a “remembrance of commendation” ceremony in honor of the baby she had lost:

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December 6th, 2017

[podcast] Stay Healthy Through the Holidays #099

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The holidays are such hard time of year for anyone who wants to stay healthy, eat well, and exercise on a regular basis. The change in routine plus the abundance of “unhealthy” options of eating add up to a difficult challenge for most of us. But I am here to help, with some simple ideas for ways that can help you stay on track (at least a little) during this busy, indulgent time of year. In this week’s show, I share thoughts about the following:

1) It’s not all or nothing.
You can say no sometimes.

2) Eat a salad a day.
One easy way to balance your eating during the season.

3) Work out in the morning.
Get it done!

4) Plan ahead to have healthy options at the ready.
Have single-portion healthy options for meals and snacks ready to go.

5) Go on a winter walk.
A great way to connect with family and friends!

6) Drink your water.
Water is a necessity, especially during this dry season.

We also talked about the Advent Prayer Retreat offered by Pray More Novenas. Go here to find out more about it and join me in prayer this month!

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November 28th, 2017

[podcast] 14 Small Ways to Add Joy to Your Day #098

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How can we add more joy to our days, especially as we gear up for Christmas and life gets busy and stressful? This week I am sharing 14 small ideas for ways you can be more joyful every day and bring joy to others in your life. What are your ideas? Please share them!

We also talked about the Advent Prayer Retreat offered by Pray More Novenas. Go here to find out more about it and join me in prayer this month!

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November 27th, 2017

[podcast] Have a Heart Like Mary #097

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What does it mean to have a heart like Mary? In this week’s shorter episode, we reflect a bit on Luke 2:15-20, and we talk about how to have a heart like Mary, keeping things and reflecting on them in our hearts this holiday season.

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for YOU! Thank you for being a part of what I do here at Girlfriends. May God bless young your family with a joy-filled Thanksgiving celebration this year.

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November 14th, 2017

[podcast] Getting Ready for Advent with Sterling Jaquith #096

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Are you ready for Advent? Are you dreading the busy-ness and stress in the weeks ahead? Have no fear! This week, our special guest, Sterling Jaquith, is sharing some encouragement and support to help us all face the holiday season with joy instead of trepidation. You will Sterling’s down-to-earth wisdom and advice for getting through Christmastime without losing your mind. 🙂

For more about Sterling and her work, check out these links …

Sterling’s website
Sterling’s podcast: Coffee and Pearls
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We also share feedback for listeners about saying no, about offering it up, and about daily prayer. Theresa recommends praying a prayer of spiritual communion. Here is one for you try:

O Jesus, I turn toward the holy tabernacle where you live hidden for love of me. I love you, O my God. I cannot receive you in Holy Communion. Come nevertheless and visit me with your grace. Come spiritually into my heart. Purify it. Sanctify it. Render it like unto your own. Amen.

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